Ancient Wine: The Search for the Origins of Viniculture by Patrick E. McGovern | 9780691070803 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Ancient Wine: The Search for the Origins of Viniculture

Ancient Wine: The Search for the Origins of Viniculture

by Patrick E. McGovern
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691070806

ISBN-13: 9780691070803

Pub. Date: 09/02/2003

Publisher: Princeton University Press

The history of civilization is, in many ways, the history of wine. This book is the first comprehensive and up-to-date account of the earliest stages of vinicultural history and prehistory, which extends back into the Neolithic period and beyond. Elegantly written and richly illustrated. Ancient Wine opens up whole new chapters in the fascinating story of wine and the

Overview

The history of civilization is, in many ways, the history of wine. This book is the first comprehensive and up-to-date account of the earliest stages of vinicultural history and prehistory, which extends back into the Neolithic period and beyond. Elegantly written and richly illustrated. Ancient Wine opens up whole new chapters in the fascinating story of wine and the vine by drawing upon recent archaeological discoveries, molecular and DNA sleuthing, and the texts and art of long-forgotten peoples.

About the Author:
Patrick E. McGovern is a Senior Research Scientist in the Museum Applied Science Center for Archaeology (MASCA) and is Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691070803
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
09/02/2003
Edition description:
With a New foreword by Robert G. Mondavi
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.19(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     xi
Foreword     xv
Preface     xix
Stone Age Wine     1
Sifting Fact from Legend     3
Man Meets Grape: The Paleolithic Hypothesis     7
Whence the Domesticated Eurasian Grapevine?     11
When and Where Was Wine First Made?     14
The Noah Hypothesis     16
Genetics and Gilgamesh     16
Transcaucasia: The Homeland of Viniculture?     19
Exploring Georgia and Armenia     21
Ancient DNA     25
Casting a Wider Net in Anatolia     29
The Indo-European Homeland     30
"Noah's Flood"     35
Farther Afield     37
The Archaeological and Chemical Hunt for the Earliest Wine     40
Godin Tepe     40
Molecular Archaeology Comes of Age     48
Identifying the Godin Tepe Jar Residues by Infrared Spectrometry     51
Archaeological Inference     54
From Grape Juice to Wine to Vinegar     55
Winemaking at the Dawn of Civilization     58
The First Wine Rack?     60
A Symposium in the True Sense of the Word     61
Neolithic Wine!     64
AMomentous Innovation     65
Liquid Chromatography: Another Tool of Molecular Archaeology     68
Ancient Retsina: A Beverage and a Medicine     70
A Media Barrage     72
Wild or Domesticated Grapes?     74
More Neolithic Wine Jars from Transcaucasia     74
Creating a Ferment in Neolithic Turkey: A Hypothesis to Be Tested     78
Wine of the Earliest Pharaohs     85
A Royal Industry Par Excellence     85
An Amazing Discovery from a Dynasty 0 Royal Tomb     91
Ancient Yeast DNA Discovered     103
Wine of Egypt's Golden Age     107
The Hyksos: A Continuing Taste for Levantine Wines     107
Festival Wine at the Height of the New Kingdom     120
Wine as the Ultimate Religious Expression     134
Wines of the Heretic King, Akhenaten, and of Tutankhamun     137
The Vineyard of Egypt under the Ramessides     141
Wine of the World's First Cities     148
A Beer-Drinking Culture Only?     149
Banqueting the Mesopotamian Way     158
Wine, Too, Was Drunk in the Lowland Cities     160
Transplanting the Grapevine to Shiraz     164
Wine and the Great Empires of the Ancient Near East      167
Wine Down the Tigris and Euphrates     168
Wines of Anatolia and the Lost Hittite Empire     174
Assyrian Expansionism: Cupbearers, Cauldrons, and Drinking Horns     188
The Fine Wines of Aram and Phoenicia     201
Eastward to Persia and China     206
The Holy Land's Bounty     210
Winepresses in the Hills, and Towers and Vineyards in the Wadi Floors     212
The Success of the Experiment     217
Serving the Needs of a Cosmopolitan Society     220
Wine for the Kings and the Masses     225
Dark Reds and Powerful Browns     233
Wine: A Heritage of the Judeo-Christian Tradition     236
Lands of Dionysos: Greece and Western Anatolia     239
Drinking the God     240
A Minoan Connection? The Earliest Greek Retsina     247
Wine Mellowed with Oak     259
"Greek Grog": A Revolution in Beverage Making     262
Wine and "Greek Grog" during the Heroic Age     268
A Beverage for King Midas and at the Limits of the Civilized World     279
King Midas and "Phrygian Grog"     279
Re-creating an Ancient Anatolian Beverage and Feast     293
To the Hyperborean Regions of the North: "European Grog"      296
Molecular Archaeology, Wine, and a View to the Future     299
Where It All Began     299
Consumed by Wine     302
Why Alcohol and Why Wine?     305
The Lowly Yeast to the Forefront     307
Mixing Things Up     308
Wine, the Perfect Metaphor     312
Selected Bibliography     317
Illustration Credits and Object Dimensions     329
Index     335

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